Playcentre is a family organisation where... - we empower adults and children to play, work, learn and grow together - we honour Te Tirit
Playcentre provides a quality ECE option for parents who want to be actively involved in their children's early learning.
Playcentre adults are offered adult education that will give them the skills and confidence for parenting and working with children.
Parents build community support networks and build skills that contribute to other community or work roles.
Playcentre has been a unique 'kiwi institution' for over 60 years and continues to be largely volunteer run and led.
Over 11,000 families are currently involved in Playcentre and over 15,000 children attend Playcentre.
There are around 480 Playcentres, spread all around the country.
Over the past 12 months we have been developing a national strategic plan for the whole of Playcentre - for Playcentre to survive and thrive in the future! Our goal is to ensure that the Playcentre parent-led model of early childhood education remains a viable and attractive option for future generations of NZ families. Playcentre is approaching a crisis point with financial challenges and workloads threatening the organisation - in our Playcentres, Associations and the Federation. We need to re-envisage Playcentre to meet the changing needs of NZ families. We need to find ways to address the administrative and compliance burdens now faced by Playcentre parents. We need to make Playcentre more accessible to Maori and Pacifica families. Over the next 2 years we will work on an on-going change programme and will invest in strategic action. While our plan is ultimately intended to address funding shortfalls, our organisation is currently financially stretched and we will face many costs as we proceed with change, including people to manage change and technology. Donations to Playcentre will help us create a strong future for Playcentre. Help us ensure that there remains an early childhood education option that focuses on family and developing parents as well as children.